Testing Packages

Why should you consider a testing package?

In Functional Medicine, we truly believe that testing enables you to speed up the process of establishing and addressing your root cause. If you are suffering with ongoing fatigue, weight gain, mood changes, digestive issues, brain fog, insomnia, headaches and more, then testing will enable us to establish the right course of action needed for you.

Symptoms really help us to understand what is going on in the body but don’t necessarily take us upstream to understand why they originated in the first place. Furthermore, symptoms can take a long time to manifest, take your thyroid as an example. Whilst your thyroid might be underactive, it is important to look far beyond the endocrine function. Thyroid dysfunction can take years to manifest and is often the result of digestive imbalances, gut infections, hormone imbalances, heavy metal toxicity, mould and much more. If we only focus on the thyroid, we might be missing crucial information that can guide us closer to establishing your root cause. The only way to establish this is through testing.

This is why we aim to personalise your package so that we can get you the best results in as little time as possible.

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Benefits of Testing

Fasttracking

Sometimes healing can take time, and we feel it is important that clients know that things won’t improve overnight. The truth is that this can take even longer in the absence of testing. Testing enables us to spend less time guessing and more time focussing on what matters.

No Guesswork

Working naturopathically and always paying close attention to symptoms is what we do best. We do however believe that testing can cut out some of the guesswork and get us closer to the broken links quicker. This enables us to directly work with each imbalance to restore the discord and bring your body back into balance.

Personalised

Every person is different and requires an individualised approach. Testing enables us to create a personalised programme unique to your health needs. This will allow us to get you back to feeling better quicker.

Missing pieces of the jigsaw

Functional tests undoubtedly provide the answers that you have been looking for. Years of ongoing health issues without any explanations can get you down. Functional testing can provide the answers to the missing pieces that can finally give you the focus you need to regain your health.

Measurable

One of the many reasons we love testing is that it provides a benchmark that we can measure progress against. We and our clients love to see the progress and improvements in black and white.

What Do We Test?

THYROID HEALTH
GUT HEALTH
SIBO
HORMONAL HEALTH

 We offer a range of other functional testing, such as:

  • Food Intolerance Testing
  • Adrenal Stress Profile Testing
  • Hair Mineral Analysis
  • Mould & Mycotoxins
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • And more…

Thyroid Health

We offer a comprehensive thyroid panel that will look at all of the necessary thyroid markers that can indicate potential weakness or auto-immunity. Since 80% of people with an underactive thyroid are autoimmune in nature, it is crucial that we test to evaluate this. The comprehensive thyroid panel will allow us to know how best to support the thyroid. We also like to combine key markers that we feel are important for optimal thyroid health.

Key markers included:

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

  • Free Thyroxine (T4)

  • Antibodies – TGA (Thryoglobulin) & TPO (Thyroid Peroxidase)

  • Vitamin D

  • C-Reactive Protein (marker for inflammation)

  • Active B12

  • Folate

  • Iron

  • Magnesium

Who Might Benefit?

Women who have given birth or anyone with a family history of thyroid disease. Women with high levels of ongoing stress presenting as burn-out. You might have some of the following symptoms, and yet your doctor has told you that your thyroid results are ‘normal’. Symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, anxiety, depression, cold extremities, brain fog, memory loss, constipation, low mood, anxiety, PMS, low libido, hair loss, brittle nails, dry skin, itchy skin, joint pain, high cholesterol and insomnia.

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Gut Health

We offer the most comprehensive and clinically-applicable stool test available on the market today. The test utilises state of the art technology, such as multiplex PCR and MALDI-TOF, to detect and assess the status of pathogens, viruses, parasites and bacteria that may be contributing to acute of chronic gastrointestinal symptoms and disease. In addition to the PCR testing, a sensitivity panel is provided to consider a selection of pharmaceutical and natural treatment agents in instances where pathogenic cultures are identified. The test will also provide information on digestion, absorption and inflammation.

Key markers included:

  • Beneficial bacteria

  • Dysbiosis

  • Pathogenic Bacteria

  • Fungal and Yeast

  • Parasites and worms

  • Viruses

  • Inflammation

  • Digestion and Absorption

  • Immune function

  • Zonulin (leaky gut marker)

Who Might Benefit?

For anyone with any kind of digestive symptoms, such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, acid reflux, flatulence, cramping or pain. It can also be helpful if you have been diagnosed with IBS or diverticulitis, or inflammatory bowel disease. Digestive imbalances can often contribute to symptoms that might not be associated with digestive function. These include migraines or headaches, brain fog, fatigue, weight gain, mood imbalances, joint and muscle pain, memory loss and more. Stool testing is one of the most important tests that you can do and often provides key pieces of the root cause solution jigsaw.

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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (Sibo)

SIBO is characterised by an increase in the number, or change, in the type of bacteria found in the small intestine. SIBO very often presents in the same way as IBS and it is estimated that more than 60% of IBS cases are in fact the result of SIBO. We use a non-invasive hydrogen or methane breath test to help determine if SIBO is the cause of your digestive symptoms.

Key markers included:

  • Hydrogen or Methane gas

Who Might Benefit?

For anyone presenting with ongoing digestive symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence , cramping, nausea, reflux and belching. We always ensure that a full assessment is carried out before suggesting a SIBO test. Other considerations include those using proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), pancreatitis, diabetes, motility disorders, IBS, Coeliac disease.

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Hormonal Health

Our hormone test is the most comprehensive panel available globally today. This 24-hour urine test can help to identify the root causes of your hormone imbalances. The profile analyses 35 different hormones with a view to provide insight into conditions such as menopause, PCOS, weight gain, fatigue, low libido, premenstrual syndrome, mood imbalances, sleep issues and thyroid problems.

Key markers included:

  • Total oestrogen

  • Metabolised oestrogen

  • Total progesterone

  • Total testosterone

  • Total DHEA production

  • Total and Metabolised Cortisol (your stress hormone)

  • Methylation

  • Melatonin (your sleep hormone)

  • B12, B6 and Glutathione

  • DNA Damage & Oxidative stress

Who Might Benefit?

For anyone with irregular menstrual cycle, PMS, fibroids, PCOS, endometriosis, infertility, vaginal dryness, low libido, irritability, anxiety, brain fog, memory loss, digestive issues. Also, ideal if you are experiencing peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms. We also feel that this comprehensive hormone test is perfect for anyone with an underactive thyroid, Hashimoto’s disease or any other thyroid dysfunction.

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Genetic Testing

Variations in our DNA is what makes us unique. Understanding the interplay between our genes and environment enables us to create personalised nutrition based on our genetics. Variations on genes that act specifically on thyroid, gut, immune and liver function can provide significant information on how best to tailor nutritional and lifestyle plans to optimise a person’s health and wellbeing. This new innovative way of creating personalised nutrition enables us to be proactive and strive towards a preventative approach to health.

Key markers included:

  • DNA Testing

  • Thyroid Function

  • Methylation

  • Detoxification

  • Oestrogen balance

  • Nervous system & stress

Who Might Benefit?

These tests are for anyone wanting to intimately understand how to benefit from personalised nutrition. Understanding the interplay between diet, sleep, stress, exercise, environment and genes enables you to make the necessary lifestyle changes that is right for you!

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